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The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC
 
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Discovery
Weekly
 
Explorations in the world of science.
 
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Digital Planet
Monthly+
 
Technological and digital news from around the world.
 
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BBC News
Daily+
 
The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service.
 
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CrowdScience
Weekly
 
We take your questions about life, Earth and the universe to researchers hunting for answers at the frontiers of knowledge.
 
The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends
 
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Science in Action
Weekly
 
The BBC brings you all the week's science news.
 
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Business Daily
Daily
 
The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.
 
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Newshour
Daily
 
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
 
What's been happening around the world and why it matters
 
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Business Matters
Monthly
 
Global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA.
 
Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
 
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Sporting Witness
Monthly+
 
The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history
 
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The Science Hour
Monthly
 
Science news and highlights of the week
 
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WorklifeIndia
Weekly
 
From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance. Catch the show live every Friday at 2100 IST/1530 GMT on BBC World News and BBC World Service.
 
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Sportsworld
Monthly
 
Live sport from around the world with news, interviews and analysis.
 
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Sportshour
Weekly
 
Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.
 
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World Football
Weekly
 
BBC World Football leading the conversation on the global game.
 
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Over to You
मासिक
 
Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.
 
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BBC Minute
Daily+
 
One minute of the world's most shareable news - updated every half an hour, 24/7
 
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BBC Minute
Daily+
 
One minute of the world's most shareable news - updated every half an hour, 24/7
 
Insights into the business world - featuring content from BBC Radio 4's In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.
 
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The Inquiry
Weekly
 
The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.
 
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Outlook
Daily
 
Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
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Stumped
Weekly
 
The weekly cricket show from BBC Sport in association with ABC and All India Radio.
 
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The Compass
Monthly+
 
The Compass - exploring our world.
 
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Africa Today
Monthly
 
News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.
 
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The History Hour
Weekly
 
An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
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The Forum
Weekly
 
Discover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts.
 
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HARDtalk
Weekly+
 
In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.
 
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World Questions
Monthly
 
The public's questions about issues affecting their country, recorded in a different global location each month
 
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Boston Calling
Weekly
 
How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.
 
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The Real Story
Weekly
 
Global experts and decision makers discuss, debate and analyse a key news story.
 
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Heart and Soul
Monthly+
 
Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.
 
Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
 
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Tech Tent
Monthly+
 
How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work.
 
Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
 
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In the Studio
Monthly+
 
In the Studio takes you into the minds of the world’s most creative people, with unprecedented access.
 
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The Conversation
Weekly
 
A conversation between two women about their paths to success
 
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Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 secondsBy BBC World Service.
 
Agreement allows the Syrian army to deploy along the border. Also: Japan deploys military in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis and the backlash against vaping and the use of e-cigarettes in the United States.By BBC World Service.
 
The US plans to evacuate 1,000 troops from northern Syria as Turkey military advances. Amid the unrest, family members of Islamic State fighters are reported to have escaped a camp that housed thousands of displaced people. It was at this camp a BBC journalist met three orphaned children, from London. Their parents had taken them to live in the ...…
 
The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service.By BBC World Service.
 
Nobel prizes this week went to a range of discoveries that you might be familiar with, in fact you might be using one of them right now – the lithium ion battery. The scientists credited with its Invention got the chemistry prize. And the tantalising prospect of life on other planets plays into the physics prize win.We see what salamanders have ...…
 
Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 secondsBy BBC World Service.
 
Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 secondsBy BBC World Service.
 
Kurdish forces in northern Syria say hundreds of relatives of Islamic State militants have escaped from a camp for displaced people after Turkish air strikes nearby. Also as Pope Francis canonises five new saints in the Vatican - we ask what sort of people attain saintly status? And the Booker Prize-nominated author - Salmon Rushdie - tells us ...…
 
Kurdish forces in northern Syria say hundreds of relatives of Islamic State militants have escaped from a camp for displaced people after Turkish air strikes nearby. Also as Pope Francis canonises five new saints in the Vatican - we ask what sort of people attain saintly status? And the Booker Prize-nominated author - Salmon Rushdie - tells us ...…
 
Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 secondsBy BBC World Service.
 
Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 secondsBy BBC World Service.
 
Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 secondsBy BBC World Service.
 
A revolution is underway in Cuba. The country’s communist leaders, who normally retain tight control of the media, have encouraged Cubans to become more connected online. Internet access used to be the preserve of a privileged (and relatively rich) few. But prices have come down, public wifi spots are popular, and less than a year ago 3G data a ...…
 
A revolution is underway in Cuba. The country’s communist leaders, who normally retain tight control of the media, have encouraged Cubans to become more connected online. Internet access used to be the preserve of a privileged (and relatively rich) few. But prices have come down, public wifi spots are popular, and less than a year ago 3G data a ...…
 
Kurdish forces fighting a Turkish offensive in northern Syria have said the United States has a moral obligation to help them. Also: Ecuador imposes curfew amid violent protests, and parachutist hits lamp-post on Spain's national day.By BBC World Service.
 
Kurdish forces fighting a Turkish offensive in northern Syria have said the United States has a moral obligation to help them. Also: Ecuador imposes curfew amid violent protests, and parachutist hits lamp-post on Spain's national day.By BBC World Service.
 
Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria say the United States has a moral obligation to protect them from a Turkish assault, now in its fourth day. Also in the programme: Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge becomes the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours, and police in Ecuador have clashed again with indigenous protesters - we'll hear what's beh ...…
 
Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria say the United States has a moral obligation to protect them from a Turkish assault, now in its fourth day. Also in the programme: Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge becomes the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours, and police in Ecuador have clashed again with indigenous protesters - we'll hear what's beh ...…
 
Joe Michael Straczynski is an award-winning writer responsible for creating TV shows like Babylon 5, Sense8 and the movie ‘Changeling’, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angeline Jolie. But Joe had an abusive, loveless and deprived childhood and would find escape in the world of comics and science fiction. He credits one superhero in part ...…
 
Joe Michael Straczynski is an award-winning writer responsible for creating TV shows like Babylon 5, Sense8 and the movie ‘Changeling’, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angeline Jolie. But Joe had an abusive, loveless and deprived childhood and would find escape in the world of comics and science fiction. He credits one superhero in part ...…
 
Fierce fighting is taking place in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain as the Turkish forces continue their offensive against the Kurdish forces. Also in the programme: one of the most powerful typhoons in decades has hit Japan; Tunisians will choose a new president in an election some voters are calling a "catastrophe".(Photo: Smoke billows f ...…
 
Fierce fighting is taking place in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain as the Turkish forces continue their offensive against the Kurdish forces. Also in the programme: one of the most powerful typhoons in decades has hit Japan; Tunisians will choose a new president in an election some voters are calling a "catastrophe".(Photo: Smoke billows f ...…
 
Nearly a year on from the launch of the BBC’s Beyond Fake News initiative, how is the project progressing? Are people starting to wise up to realising they are being exposed to fake news stories online? We are joined by the director of BBC World Service Group, Jamie Angus. Plus we pay tribute to news reader Marion Marshall who has left the BBC ...…
 
To mark Black History Month in the UK we look back at some landmark moments in British Black History. We hear how the famous cricketer Learie Constantine broke the colour bar, and about the Notting Hill race riots and the Bristol bus boycott. Plus, we speak to Britain’s first black female MP Diane Abbott, and one of the thousands of mixed race ...…
 
Over 3,000 women watched the Iranian national team beat Cambodia at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran after they were officially allowed to attend a football match for the first time. Women had been banned from attending men's sporting events in the country since the 1980s but after pressure from the sports world governing body FIFA and campaigners l ...…
 
Turkish troops moved into Kurdish-occupied northern Syria. President Trump allowing this to happen has caused outrage. Also in this programme: the OECD moves to tax big companies; an unexpected ray of hope in Brexit talks; and why women are causing so much trouble these days.(Picture: Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, near the Tur ...…
 
A victim of the “resource curse”, Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, in spite of being rich in natural resources. Rubber is one of the country’s biggest exports but few Liberians have benefitted from this multimillion dollar business. In this Global Business, Josephine Casserly meets a retired Californian policeman, James Coo ...…
 
A victim of the “resource curse”, Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, in spite of being rich in natural resources. Rubber is one of the country’s biggest exports but few Liberians have benefitted from this multimillion dollar business. In this Global Business, Josephine Casserly meets a retired Californian policeman, James Coo ...…
 
An unauthorized Muslim immigrant from Uzbekistan was offered a deal by the FBI: You can remain in the US, but only if you'll spy on your fellow Muslims. He did, but then he decided he wanted to stop. Also, the Trump administration declassified thousands of documents that reveal details of Argentina's so called ‘dirty war’; In Northern Thailand, ...…
 
The US has agreed to suspend its next tariff hike on Chinese imports after two days of trade talks in Washington. We get the latest from our New York Business Reporter Vivienne Nunis. We hear from the CEO of US store Dick's Sporting Goods on why he decided to stop selling guns. All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show ...…
 
The US says it wants to step up efforts to stop Turkey's offensive in northern Syria against Kurdish forces. Also: major payments companies abandon Facebook's Libra, and the cosmonaut Alexei Leonov who became the first person to walk in space, has died aged 85.By BBC World Service.
 
The US says it wants to step up efforts to stop Turkey's offensive in northern Syria against Kurdish forces. Also: major payments companies abandon Facebook's Libra, and the cosmonaut Alexei Leonov who became the first person to walk in space, has died aged 85.By BBC World Service.
 
The US has agreed to suspend its next tariff hike on Chinese imports after two days of trade talks in Washington. Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York tells us how the market reacted to the news.By BBC World Service.
 
Human life expectancy has been increasing for decades. In many developed countries, we can now expect to live into our 80s, and it isn’t uncommon to live to 90 or even 100 years old. But eventually our bodies fail, old age is undoubtedly a clear indicator of approaching death. This fact annoyed 79 year old CrowdScience listener Bill, who emaile ...…
 
The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, where he will receive the award in December.It is worth some nine million Swedish crowns (about $900,000).By BBC World Service.
 
Not a single woman won a Nobel Prize in the science category this year. This is not unusual: according to the United Nations, only 20 women have made it to the list of winners in physics, chemistry, physiology and medicine in more than a hundred years.While women are increasingly opting to be scientists, there is still a huge gap. Women are oft ...…
 
Ethiopian PM given prize for efforts to 'achieve peace and international cooperation.' His peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following a border war between the two nations. Also, casualties increase as Turkey continues its offensive into Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria, and we look back at the life of singer Karel ...…
 
Ethiopian PM given prize for efforts to 'achieve peace and international cooperation.' His peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following a border war between the two nations. Also, casualties increase as Turkey continues its offensive into Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria, and we look back at the life of singer Karel ...…
 
Whilst providing clean power, building a dam has significant environmental impacts. Ercan Ayboga is a campaigner with the Save Hasankeyf movement, and tells us why his organisation hoped to prevent the Turkish town of Hasankeyf being flooded by a dam project. Dr Barnaby Dye of Manchester University works with the Future Dams International resea ...…
 
In a week of rising tension between US and China over trade we hear how some of China's biggest tech firms are caught in the cross-fire. And Rory Cellan-Jones asks why Apple has decided to take down a Hong Kong mapping app? As Ada Lovelace Day spreads around the world to celebrate women in science and tech, the BBC's Zoe Kleinman asks its found ...…
 
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, for ending a twenty-year conflict with Eritrea.Also in the programme: Turkey has bombed further targets in northern Syria on the third day of its offensive against Kurdish forces; and Iran's national oil company says two missiles have hit one of its tank ...…
 
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, for ending a twenty-year conflict with Eritrea.Also in the programme: Turkey has bombed further targets in northern Syria on the third day of its offensive against Kurdish forces; and Iran's national oil company says two missiles have hit one of its tank ...…
 
She is called ‘the rebel monk’, but has also been called a ‘dangerous dissident’ – one of the few female monks who say they are simply carrying on a tradition started by Lord Buddha thousands of years ago. The Venerable Dhammananda is the first Thai woman to be ordained as a female monk in the deeply conservative Theravada Buddhist tradition.He ...…
 
Mike Powell, Long Jump World Record Holder, and Olympic High Jump Champion, Stefan Holm, are our guests.How was Doha? What’s Tokyo going to be like? This season-ending Warm Up Track asks two legends what they think about the 2019 Worlds and the 2020 Olympic Games.How good can Noah Lyles be, and what was it like training with Noah’s dad?Whose ch ...…
 
Following a late evening phone conversation with the president of Turkey, President Trump approved the Turkish decision to send troops in parts of Syria that are now controlled by American backed Kurdish forces. He said that it is time for the US troops to be pulled out. The announcement caught America’s allies by surprise, and the president’s ...…
 
At the offices of Tip Top Trading, new boss Anna has a great idea. Will it be popular?By BBC Radio.
 
Why health concerns over vaping is bad for cigarette companies. In the US hundreds of illnesses and even some deaths have been linked to vaping. That's bad news for a tobacco industry looking for a long-term replacement for cigarettes. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, Anna Gilmore, profess ...…
 
Why health concerns over vaping is bad for cigarette companies. In the US hundreds of illnesses and even some deaths have been linked to vaping. That's bad news for a tobacco industry looking for a long-term replacement for cigarettes. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, Anna Gilmore, profess ...…
 
Brexit represents a political gamble played for the highest of stakes. If Britain leaves the EU without a deal there will be significant economic disruption, even the most ardent Brexiteers acknowledge that. But they believe the potential rewards justify the risk. Stephen Sackur speaks to Stuart Wheeler, a successful businessman and lifelong ga ...…
 
Brexit represents a political gamble played for the highest of stakes. If Britain leaves the EU without a deal there will be significant economic disruption, even the most ardent Brexiteers acknowledge that. But they believe the potential rewards justify the risk. Stephen Sackur speaks to Stuart Wheeler, a successful businessman and lifelong ga ...…
 
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